The EPA is asking retailers to sell 20 million ENERGY STAR certified LEDs by Earth Day on April 22, 2014, AND help show customers how to save energy, save money and prevent climate change with their lighting choices.
Here are 7 reasons GREAT reasons that the EPA suggests we change our bulbs to an ENERGY STAR certified LED:
“1.) Energy Savings: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.
2.) Money Savings: A single ENERGY STAR certified LED can save more than $135 in electricity costs over its lifetime.
3.) Affordability: The prices for ENERGY STAR certified LEDs are dropping big time—as low as $5 per bulb with in-store rebates.
4.) Long Lasting: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs now look and light more like traditional bulbs, but can last 25 times longer—over 20 years total with typical use.
5.) Quality and Performance: An ENERGY STAR certified bulb will give you the best LED experience. Only bulbs with the ENERGY STAR are independently certified, undergoing extensive testing to assure that they perform as promised. To earn the ENERGY STAR, these bulbs must demonstrate that they will meet consumer expectations by delivering on brightness and producing light in all directions.
6.) Peace of Mind: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs carry a three-year warranty.
7.) Environmental Protection: By replacing 20 million traditional incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified LEDs, this country would save more than $118 million each year in energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of more than 150,000 vehicles”
One Sustainable Wellesley member recommends the Feit Electric BR30 Flood lights. These 65W equivalent recessed ceiling LED light bulbs are available at many local retailers have a great color temperature, are instant on, dim well, and fit perfectly in standard recessed cans. They were $7.99/bulb after instant discount. We figure that is a 4.5 year payback, if one replaces incandescent and have them on just 30 – 45 minutes per day.
He changed out ten 50W halogen flood bulbs in his basement for ten 8W LEDs.
Bulbs Cost: $300
Yearly cost savings: $50 (Assumes 11/c per kWh)
Payback period: 6 years (assuming 3 hours usage per day)
Lifetime savings: $800 (over 22 years)
Unlike CFLs, the new LEDs have a warm look, no mercury, are dimmable and go on instantly.
Go grab some new lights for your home. With the new standard light fact labels right on the box, accomplishing one of your green projects will be easier.